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    Richmond Ridge Trail


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    The Richmond Ridge Trail is a stunning high-country adventurer that exhibits the grandeur of Colorado’s mountainous wilderness. As you hike along the ridge you will be granted awe-inspiring views of the Elk Mountains and Sawatch Mountain Range peaks that line the horizon. This is one that the entire family will love!

    Route Description for Richmond Ridge Trail

    Immerse yourself in the mountains as you wander the Richmond Ridge Trail. This amazing and versatile alpine excursion can be enjoyed by the whole family, year-round! In the summer, enjoy sights of the verdant woodlands which are flanked by craggy vaulted peaks, and in the winter—snowshoe along the ridge and admire the bustling alpine terrain littered with skiers and intrepid adventurers. Note in the winter months you will have to take the gondola up to access the trailhead—it adds to the fun, trust us.

    Begin your trek along the Richmond Ridge Trail from the trailhead atop Aspen Mountain. From here, track the Richmond Hill Road south. In the summer months you will likely be in the company off off-roaders, so keep an eye out for passers-by. As you hike, enjoy views of the Aspen Highlands Ski Resort in the west. As you trek you will notice the summits within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in the east, and the Elk Mountains in the southwest.

    Revel in the grandeur of the neighboring peaks and eventually you will encounter an intersection where the Richmond Hill Road diverts southeast. Ignore this route and continue straight until you reach the trail’s end. From here, backtrack along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Richmond Ridge Trail Trailhead

    The Richmond Ridge Trail departs from the Richmond Hill Road trailhead near The Sundeck. Take the Silver Queen Gondola, Richmond Ridge Road, Midnight Mine Road or Aspen Mountain Summer Road to the trailhead.

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      Out and back

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